Whisky Review: Yamazaki The Owner’s Cask 1986 Butt/Mizunara

[51.0%・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2009・Cask No. 6B 0021・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

Balsamic vinegar reduction laced on poached red apples that are fully ripen, with a creamy maltiness within. There is a stunning shrine woodiness, something that only develops after years of quiet maturation in a mizunara cask.

Palate & Finish:

Intertwining sweetness on the palate, caramel fudge alongside fruits that are ‘kanjuku’, alternating between the rich velvety note and a light fructose driven note that comes with a citrus edge.

There is a sake like rice sweetness that is rather clean and mesmerising, leading towards a subservient but seasoned finish of cherries and tobacco.

Thoughts:

It’s a special whisky where the oak absolutely gave its all to the spirit but in turn also took away certain qualities that would have elevated it to something truly unforgettable.

☆☆

Nicholas